Population

Information about Northern Territory population growth, estimated resident populations across Australia and regional internal migration.

Northern Territory population

As at June quarter (original numbers) Population
(NT total)
Natural increase Net overseas migration Net interstate
migration
2014 242,894769232-633
2015 244,6927911,375 -261
2016 245,678786979 -493
2017 247,517784918 -567
2018 247,058718551 -835
2019 245,869702682-950

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

State and territory estimated resident population

Quarterly, 000sJun 18Nov 19Jun 19 Qtr
% change
Annual % change
NSW 7,980,1688,071,6718,089,526 0.2 1.4
VIC 6,462,019 6,567,713 6,594,804 0.4 2.1
QLD 5,009,424 5,075,5615,095,100 0.4 1.7
SA 1,736,527 1,748,730 1,751,693 0.2 0.9
WA 2,594,181 2,615,798 2,621,680 0.21.1
TAS 528,298 533,474 534,281 0.2 1.1
ACT420,379425,731426,7090.21.5
NT247,058245,435245,869 0.2-0.5
Australia24,982,68825,288,75625,364,3070.31.5

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

NT regional population

Statistical areas level 3 (SA3), r = revised20172018 ERP change
(number)
ERP change %
Greater Darwin148,919148,564-355 -0.2
Darwin city 28,995 28,420 -575 -2.0
Darwin suburbs 57,848 57,083 -765 -1.3
Litchfield 25,192 25,220 28 0.1
Palmerston 36,884 37,841 957 2.6
Alice Springs39,286 39,388 102 0.3
Barkly6134 6115 -19 -0.3
Daly-Tiwi-West Arnhem17,912 17,902 -10 -0.1
East Arnhem 14,518 14,519 1 0.0
Katherine20,748 20,839 91 0.4

Source: ABS Cat No 3218

This map indicates the Northern Territory regional population as at March 2019. The population and growth for each region are: Greater Darwin’s population is 148,564 persons, with a growth of -0.2%. Daly, Tiwi, and West Arnhem’s population is 17,902 persons, with a growth of -0.1%. East Arnhem’s population is 14,519 persons, with a flat growth. Katherine’s population is 20,839 persons, with a growth of 0.4%. Alice Springs’s population is 39,388 persons, with a growth of 0.3%. Barkly’s population is 6115 persons, with a growth of -0.3%. Total population for greater Darwin is 148,564 persons, with a groth of -0.2%, and the rest of Darwin is 98,763 persons, with a growth of 0.2%. The total Northern Territory population is 247,327 persons, with a growth of -0.1%.

Regional internal migration

  Region of departure June quarter 2018
Region of arrival year ending June 2018​​NSW​VIC​QLD​SA​WA​TAS​NT​ACT​Total
New South Wales n/a​ 25,742​ 36,687​ 6,434 10,274 2,083 3,167 11,647​ 96,034​
Victoria 32,719 n/a 22,237 9,965 1,220 4,148 3,284 1,050 74,623
Queensland 52,403 24,858 n/a 6,648 9,510 3,264 5,851 3,677 105,938
South Australia​ 6,059 6,656 4,738 n/a 2,494 659 2,330 802 23,738
Western Australia​ 7,732 7,236 6,659 2,395 n/a 1,104 2,202 861 28,189
Tasmania 3,557 3,926 3,797 739 1,581 n/a 339 265 14,204
Northern Territory 2,736 2,722 3,823 1,700 2,274 255 n/a 346 13,856
Australian Capital Territory 12,500 3,378 3,299 1,008 1,153 309 514 n/a 22,161
Total117,70674,24581,24028,88928,50611,82217,68718,648 

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

Last updated: 12 March 2020

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